Ubisoft GOES totally spies
Ubisoft to publish video game based on hit animated television show for holiday 2007
February 19, 2006 - Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced that it has signed a deal with OUAT Entertainment to publish Marathon's Totally Spies! in PAL territories. Totally Spies! will launch on PlayStation® 2, Nintendo DS and Games for Windows in holiday 2007 and on WiiTM in the first quarter of 2008.
With an audience share of 50% (despite the competition of a dozen children's channels broadcasting cartoons) Totally Spies! is the number one animated series in France, and is broadcast around the world by major TV channels such as Cartoon Network (US), Teletoon (Canada), Jetix (Europe), TF1 (France), Super RTL (Germany), Mediaset (Italy), GMTV (England), La Forta (Spain), and more.
Totally Spies! is above all full-blown comedy action, the story of three Beverly Hills college students, who unwittingly become spies for the international WOOHP (the World Organization Of Human Protection), following an intensive training course to become super mega-fit agents, equipped with state of the art gadgets.
Totally Spies! will soon enter its fifth season and stations worldwide have already contracted to broadcast the series through January 2009.
"Totally Spies! fans have been clamoring for an interactive experience, and we are trilled to team up with Ouat and Ubisoft to deliver new products worldwide", says Vincent Chalvon-Demersay, president of Marathon Media.
"Totally Spies! has made a great impact with young viewers, both girls and boys alike," said Alain Corre, executive director EMEA at Ubisoft. "We look forward to bringing an action and humor-filled gaming experience to the Totally Spies fans."
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 22 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of 547 million Euros for the 2005-2006 fiscal year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
About Marathon Media
Marathon Media ( www.Marathon.fr) is France's top producer of animated programming and one of the genre's leading producers worldwide with international successes such as Totally Spies!, Team Galaxy, Martin Mystery and Marsupilami. The company's Totally Spies! series is currently seen in more than 100 countries and territories, including Cartoon Network in the USA. In addition to television, Marathon Media has extended the worldwide Totally Spies! franchise to include hundreds of products in the areas of Publishing, Toys, Video, Interactive, Apparel and other innovative activities for children.
Programs produced by Marathon Media are distributed by Marathon International.
In January 2006, Marathon Media merged with three major French companies, Marathon, Tele Images and Adventure Line. This merger establishes the newly named Marathon Group as the second largest production and distribution group in France, covering live action, game show formats, documentary and animation. It is home to Totally Spies!, Atomic Betty, Street Football, Saint-Tropez, Ford Boyard, Koh Lanta (Survivor), Dolmen, And Man Invented Animals and other leading international properties.
About OUAT Entertainment
OUAT Entertainment is a company in full expansion. For more than 7 years, OUAT has been creating and publishing multi-media entertainment for the general public audiences.
Creator of interactive, multi-supports contents such as video games, interactive DVDs and mobile applications, OUAT's ambition is to become one of the leading companies in cross-platforms family products.
A few outstanding references: Azur & Asmar (video-game, Interactive DVD+board game) (Kirikou (video-game, Interactive DVD and website); Trivial Pursuit Let Loose (Hasbro - 4 Interactive-DVDs); Real Garden (website), Franklin, Koh Lanta, Adiboud'Chou (Interactive-DVDs) and now Totally Spies (video games and interactive DVD+board game ) etc.
The company relies on a large network of partners, essential to its success. Right owners, to start with, which allow OUAT to enjoy prestigious licenses, but also publishers such as Ubisoft, distributors and international operators who have granted OUAT their trust for many years.
More information on: www.ouat-e.com
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